Changes to the UK Immigration Rules
The Home Office has laid before parliament a package of changes to the Immigration Rules which would affect applications made on or after 6th April 2016. With less than a month to go until these are implemented, we have outlined the key changes so relevant individuals/businesses can take timely action.
- Introducing Electronic Visa Waiver programme for Kuwaiti nationals.
- Updates to the Permit Free Festival list for 2016/17 (which allows visitors to perform at listed festivals and receive payment).
- Reducing the maintenance requirements for students applying for leave to remain as a student union sabbatical officer, or a postgraduate doctor or dentist on a foundation programme.
- Allowing Tier 4 (General) students at independent schools to extend their stay from within the UK.
Overseas Domestic Workers
- Allowing overseas domestic workers to take alternative employment as a domestic worker during the 6-month period for which they are admitted.
- Increasing the period of leave which can be granted to an overseas domestic worker, who is the victim of slavery or human trafficking, from 6 months to 2 years.
NHS Debt and Litigation cost
- The NHS debt threshold is being reduced from £1000 to £500.
- A new rule is being added to allow an application to be refused where a litigation debt is owed to the Home Office.
Further changes and clarifications are also being made to the Immigration Rules, including skilled and highly-skilled work routes, overseas domestic workers, students, family and private life, public funds and administrative review.
These rule changes do not include any reforms resulting from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)’s recent reviews of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) or Tier 2. The Government has not yet announced its response to those reports.
For more information, visit www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-rules-statement-of-changes
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